Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Speaker Turzai’s push to “free the wine” advances in PA House

Even though last session Pennsylvania lawmakers teamed up to “free the six pack” and allow for expanded wine sales in grocery stores, this session some Republican lawmakers are eyeing taking things a step further, not only expanding on the work done last session, but fully moving to divest Pennsylvania of the wholesale wine market.

 

Tuesday, two bills sponsored by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) that would do that passed out of the House Liquor Control Committee along a narrow 15-13 vote that would do just that.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Charter school reform effort gets restarted in House

Charter school reform effort gets restarted in House

For the last several sessions, lawmakers in Pennsylvania have tried—but failed—to enact comprehensive reforms to the commonwealth’s charter school system.

 

Tuesday, that Sisyphean effort was restarted with the House Education Committee approving House Bill 97, vehicle legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland) that he said was akin to legislation that nearly got across the finish line last session in the form of House Bill 530.

 

According to Rep. Reese—the House member whose name has been attached to charter school reform the last two legislative sessions—the bill is aimed at leveling the playing field between charter schools (both brick and mortar and cyber) and traditional public schools.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Sec. Miller speaks out on the large bills being brought by air ambulances

Sec. Miller speaks out on the large bills being brought by air ambulances

At a press conference Monday afternoon Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller was joined by Rep. Tina Pickett (R-Bradford) to discuss the large bills residents of Pennsylvania are being faced with after being taken to the hospital in an air ambulance. 

Monday, April 17, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Human services agency consolidation proposal gets started in legislature

Human services agency consolidation proposal gets started in legislature

Legislators from both parties in either chamber of the legislature have started the process of seeking support from fellow members to combine the Departments of Human Services, Health, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and Aging into a consolidated Department of Health and Human Services.

 

The proposal—first articulated by Gov. Tom Wolf in his February budget address—has been carried forward in a spending plan crafted by House Republicans currently under consideration in the Senate after it passed the House just two weeks ago.

Monday, April 17, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf, others celebrate one-year anniversary of signing medical marijuana legislation

Gov. Wolf, others celebrate one-year anniversary of signing medical marijuana legislation

Gov. Tom Wolf, along with medical marijuana advocates and supporters, held a press conference Monday afternoon to celebrate one-year anniversary of signing medical marijuana legislation into law.

Monday, April 17, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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